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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, August 16, 2009

Statehood commission

Advertiser Staff

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Nancy Quinn, wife of late Gov. William Quinn; Sheenagh Burns and Jim Burns, daughter and son of late Gov. John Burns; Gov. George Ariyoshi; Gov. John Waihee; Gov. Benjamin Cayetano; and Gov. Linda Lingle gathered at the state Capitol on March 18, the 50th anniversary of the day in 1959 that Congress approved Hawai'iís entry into the union. The 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission is also sponsoring a conference on Aug. 21, Statehood Day, as an opportunity for Hawai'i residents to reflect on Hawai'iís past and on issues that will determine the stateís role in the 21st century.

Ric Noyle photo

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The state's featured individuals were:

1. Dodie Brown

2. Judge Jim Burns

3. Bill Paty

4. Dave Parker

5. Maui Mayor Elmer Cravalho

6. Retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki

7. Fujio Matsuda

8. Chester Kahapea

9. Ah Quon McElrath

10. Danny Kaleikini

11. Larry Price

12. Stuart Ho

13. Francis Lum

14. Pat Saiki

15. Nancy Quinn

16. Lucy Gue Hua Lu Ramirez

17. Milton Motooka

18. Sam Cooke

19. Danny Young

20. Gov. George Ariyoshi

21. Walter Dods

22. Gov. Ben Cayetano

23. Kekuni Blaisdell

24. Harry Kim

25. U.S. Sen Daniel Akaka

26. U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye

27. Gov. John Waihee

28. Maj. Gen. Robert Lee

29. Allen Hoe

30. Leona Kalima

31. Fred Cachola

32. Alice Guild

33. Tom Moffatt

34. Frank DeLima

35. Roy Yamaguchi

36. Peter Fithian

37. Jon De Mello

38. Alan Wong

39. Dave Shoji

40. Sam Choy

41. Judge Alfred Laureta

42. Wayne Harada

43. Cha Thompson

44. Lacey Farm

45. Bohdi Amar

46. Joanna Russell

47. Queenie Kuheana

48. Jim Nabors

49. Kippen De Alba Chu

50. Gov. Linda Lingle

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The 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission has supported a number of educational community events and projects to highlight Hawai'i's history during this anniversary year.

On March 18, in commemoration of the day in 1959 that Congress passed the bill allowing Hawai'i to become a state, the commission hosted a public event at the state Capitol. Gov. Linda Lingle addressed a special joint session of the Legislature as part of the day's events, which also brought together former governors.

The statehood commission also spent the year reaching out to Hawai'i schools, which were invited to create their own commemorative time capsule. Traveling exhibits brought the 50th anniversary of statehood commemoration directly to students at the state Capitol, state library and airports throughout the state.

The commission also sponsored 50 Voices of Statehood, interviews of 50 people with a variety of opinions, experiences and stories about statehood. The Wai'anae Seariders produced the vignettes, with spots airing Aug. 25, 2008, to August 2009.